Melbourne Central’s Sleepless Night

1003streatLate last month more than 60 staff and supporters from Bendigo Bank, STREAT and Melbourne Central camped out in Melbourne Central’s community garden. It wasn’t exactly the most comfortable campout, with only sleeping bags for comfort and water and soup to eat and drink, but that was all for a very good reason: the night was dedicated to STREAT’s inaugural Sleepless in September campaign.

Sleepless in September has been raising money for STREAT’s life skills and hospitality training programs for disadvantaged and homeless youth. The goal is to help reduce youth homelessness. The immediate goal is to raise $50,000, and the campaign managed $41,000 in September. The fundraising is ongoing on Everyday Heroes.

The night itself was a big success. Melbourne DJs Ladyfinger played a set to keep morale up. International street artist Sleep for Dinner painted a large original piece on cardboard while visiting shoppers designed their own Home-themed cardboard signs. Then it was time to bundle up for the night, turning the garden into a communal bedroom with sleeping bags and cardboard mats.

The next morning, participants enjoyed breakfast at STREAT’s cafe at the center.

For Melbourne Central’s General Manager Justin Shannon, STREAT provides the opportunity to raise the awareness of a very important issue and worthwhile cause.

“Melbourne Central is proud to support STREAT in their fight against youth homelessness; it is such an effective program and creates a brighter future for Melbourne’s disadvantaged youth.”

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